Health Services Staffs Credit Union is proud to support our members in their efforts to improve themselves through education, and to improve the lives of others through sponsorship of local, national and international fundraising activities.

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In the 2015/2016 financial year we donated over €60,000 to over 80 charities. In September 2016 we held a special sponsorship event where our main charitable beneficiaries met with members of our Membership, Education & Development Committee. Below is a list of those 14 charities. A representative from each charity gave a brief presentation on the work carried out by their charity and outlined how the HSSCU donation would assist them with that work. All charities say a big THANK YOU to HSSCU members for the donations received.

Helium Arts www.helium.ie

Helium Arts bring positive changes to the lives of children living with the long-term effects of illness through award-winning, participatory arts programmes. Helium collaborates with professional artists to research, develop and pioneer arts practice in partnership with healthcare professionals.

C.R.O.S.S. charity www.crosscharity.ie

C.R.O.S.S. is an acronym for Cancer Research of the Oesophagus and Stomach at St James’s Hospital. It acts as a focal point for cancer research undertaken in Trinity (College) Centre and a significant element of the research programme relates to prevention and treatment of oesophageal and stomach cancer. It also undertakes research in cancer of the breast, colon, rectum and lung.

Headway www.headway.ie

Headway’s clients are people who are affected by brain injury. The organisation offer a range of services, acting as a support group to address the needs of people with brain injuries and their carers and families.

Saving Dylan/Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency (MSD) Action Foundation www.savingdylan.com
Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency (MSD) is a genetic disease in children that is rapidly degenerative and fatal. Children with this disease are missing essential enzyme activity for normal cellular functions. Over time, a toxic material called heparan sulfate builds up in the brain and body and cells become toxic. This results in devastating effects on the whole body and central nervous system.

Order of Malta Share to Care www.orderofmaltaireland.org

Celebrating their 75th year as one of Ireland’s largest voluntary organizations, the Order of Malta provide first-aid medical services at national and community events and deliver community care initiatives.

The Ripple Effect www.therippleeffect.ie
The Ripple Effect was formerly the Northside Dublin Dyspraxia Support Group. They provide opportunities to children and young people who can find mixing and functioning in large groups to be difficult, confusing or overwhelming. The activities are determined by what the children want to try out for themselves, without sacrificing social and personal comfort levels. Yoga was encouraged as a choice for its calming and centering effects.

Laura Lynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice www.lauralynn.ie

Laura Lynn provide palliative care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. The organization offers free care for families through their multi-disciplinary team.

St. Audeon’s National School www.staudoens.ie
This primary school, founded in 1756, is located on Cook Street, behind the HSSCU offices. We are delighted to offer funding to the school, where their approach involves addressing the needs of pupils, staff and the wider community, within the curriculum and across the whole-school and learning environment.

Robert Emmet Community Development Programme www.recdp.ie
RECDP works in Dublin 8 primarily with members of the community living between Thomas Street and the river Liffey. The programme has an afterschool environmental project which includes a community garden, a service for senior citizens, services and activities for young people and provides support to community and voluntary groups active in the community.

The Capuchin Day Centre www.homeless.ie
The centre distributes 1,200 food parcels every week and provides nearly 600 meals, six days a week. The centre also provides a chiropodist, training skills, a nurse, and clean clothing to the homeless of Dublin.

CanTeen Ireland www.canteen.ie
CanTeen Ireland is a nation-wide support group for young people who have or have had cancer, and for their brothers, sisters and friends.

St John’s Ambulance (Crumlin) www.stjohncrumlin.ie
The St. John Ambulance Brigade is a voluntary organisation, non-sectarian and non-political, existing for the purpose of training members of the general public to give First Aid assistance to the sick and injured on public occasions.

Some of the other organizations we met with included Bray cardiac first responders, Family Carers Ireland, Remember us special needs charity, Samaritans, Edenderry Parish Lourdes Fund, Northside Reading Workshop, Clondalkin Youth Band, Santry Community Association Limited and Novas Initiatives Abigail Womens Homeless Centre.

We also sponsored St. Vincent De Paul, The Rosses Community Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland, Irish Therapy Dogs, Newbridge Cancer Support Group, Kildare and West Wicklow Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, Amnesty International Ireland, National League of the Blind of Ireland Trust, Raising Issues, Matthew Hayes Trust, Irish Red Cross, North Kildare Arch Club, Oasis Counselling Service, Mountview Family Review Centre, Gary Kelly Cancer Support, Reach Out Ireland, Exceed Ireland, The Irish Pilgrimage Trust, Saving Dylan, Leixlip Musical and Variety Group, Endometriosis Association of Ireland, Cobh Youth Services, Travers Photography, Wicklow Travellers Group, Kilbride Tidy Towns, 5th Meath Kells Scouts, Together Razem and Loreto Centre in Crumlin.